Where’s the Scandal in That?
The Big Picture
By Glynn Wilson –
Sitting here on the porch listening to the coverage of the so-called IRS “scandal” on National Public Radio, also reading the latest Associated Press story on the subject, I keep thinking: “Where’s the scandal?”
Since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC, which gave corporations the right as “citizens” to raise and contribute unlimited amounts of money to their pet Republican candidates for political office, there has been a call from the left to investigate groups like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads.
So far, all we know is that some other so-called “conservative” allegedly “social welfare” groups, including tea party groups, have been investigated for potentially abusing the IRS rules on setting up tax exempt non-profit organizations to raise money for that very purpose. Since these conservative orgs invariably run campaigns against the United States government and often advocate not paying taxes, why shouldn’t they be the subject of IRS investigations?
We all know that the Treasury Department, the Justice Department and American intelligence agencies have been used a political tools for decades. My own reporting is quoted at length in a book on this subject published in 1996: Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice.
I spent five years during the Bush years investigating the abuses of the Bush Justice Department, and that story never got this much ink or air time.
I also spent a lot of time and effort trying to educate the public about the Bush administration’s illegal spying on Americans, but in August of 2008, even Alabama’s Democratic Congressman Artur Davis voted to give tort reform to ATnT by granting the corporation, run out of Texas, a blanket legal exemption from lawsuits for knowingly spying on the phone calls, e-mails and Web browsing habits of innocent Americans.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was also using Military Intelligence to spy on peace groups and environmental groups, but none of those stories ever got the amount of ink or air time as this little IRS scandal, where the agency was caught doing its job: Investigating groups that apply for the privilege of accepting tax deductible contributions.
I mean, where is the “scandal” in that?
I guess the AP is also pissed about having its e-mails read by the Obama administration while investigating leaks. Maybe the AP should have done more to cover the spying scandals of the Bush administration and perhaps the federal government would not have that power today.
This entire series of stories just seems like an unfair attempt to smear the first African-American president in U.S. history and to weaken a Democrat to prevent his second-term agenda from being accomplished. That’s even a line that is being repeated in AP story after AP story on this subject. I guess they must think the mainstream American public lean conservative, so they get to look “non-partisan” and therefore economically “objective” by attacking Mr. Obama.
But where is the scientific objectivity and the fair and accurate background reporting comparing this story to the abuses of the Bush administration?
Not in any AP story I can find, or in any NPR story either. Guess we will just have to get the word out on that angle in the Web Press too.
Everybody knows that every president who is re-elected to a second term in American history has been “brought down” by a second-term scandal. So every news reporter and news organization wants to be the ones to break the story on the scandal that brings down Obama.
But what if he actually breaks the trend? Who would that piss off the most? The tea party, of course. Now we get it. The IRS had the gall to investigate the tea party. Get over it AP.
Sorry if I can’t work up any righteous indignation about this myself. I say more power to the IRS. Please investigate anti-government, anti-tax groups. Please investigate Karl Rove. It’s your damn job.
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